Noise & Notes

On Noise & Notes, WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey doesn't just discuss the issues, he dissects them. From city government to national politics, Phillip has covered it all. 

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Politics
3:28 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Louisville Minimum Wage Ordinance Moving Forward

A minimum wage increase supporter holds a sign during an April public forum in Louisville on the issue.
Credit Phillip Bailey/WFPL News

Now that the Louisville Metro Council has been told it can move ahead on raising the local minimum wage, a group of Democratic lawmakers have announced they’re moving forward with a proposal.

As WFPL first reported Monday, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell told council members they have the authority to establish a wage rate separate from the rest of the state.

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Politics
11:59 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Kentucky Libertarians Object to KET Senate Debate Criteria

David Patterson
Credit david4senate.com

Kentucky Libertarian David Patterson is taking KET to task for its new criteria excluding his participation from their scheduled Senate debate.

Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell last week accepted the public television network's invitation to face-off against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes on Oct. 13. Grimes had accepted earlier in the summer.

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Politics
7:18 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Centre College Cancels McConnell-Grimes Senate Debate Efforts

Centre College President John Roush
Credit centre.edu

Centre College has canceled its efforts to host a Kentucky U.S. Senate debate between Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The decision comes days after Centre launched an online campaign asking voters to help persuade both campaigns to agree to their Sept. 2 date.

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Politics
1:26 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Council Can Establish a Minimum Wage Just for Metro Louisville, County Attorney Says

Mike O'Connell
Credit Jefferson County Attorney's Office

The Louisville Metro Council can legally establish a local minimum wage within the city limits, according to a legal opinion  issued Monday by Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell's office.

The opinion clears a legal hurdle for wage increase advocates: whether the council has the legal authority to increase the minimum pay rate in the city.

For months, advocates have argued for a raise in Louisville workers' minimum pay rate to $10.10 per hour.

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Politics
1:37 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Kentucky Democrats Seek Ethics Probe Into McConnell; GOP Files FEC Complaint Against Grimes

Kentuky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney—between Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes and Senator Mitch McConnell—gave an introduction Wednesday to the “Measure the Candidates” forum in Louisville.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes were hit Friday with allegations of federal ethics and campaign finance violations by each other's respective political parties.

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Politics
11:14 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Pro-McConnell Super PAC Asks to Rent Grimes' Bus for Same 'Sweetheart Deal'

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

A super PAC supporting Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is taking advantage of Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes' tour bus controversy by asking if it can use the vehicle for a similar price.

Kentuckians for Strong Leadership sent a letter Thursday to Signature Special Events Services seeking to rent the 45-foot-long bus adorned with Grimes’ photo and logo for $456 per day.

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Politics
11:30 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Centre College Wants Answer on Grimes-McConnell Debate

John A. Roush, President Centre College
Credit centre.edu

The president of Centre College is asking Kentucky voters to help persuade Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Ludergan Grimes to commit to a debate at the school.

Last month, Centre partnered with AARP Kentucky and Louisville TV station WAVE-3 to host a public debate scheduled for Sept. 3. The group gave both campaigns a deadline before the Fancy Farm picnic, but neither side has provided a response.

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Politics
8:59 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes Trade Blows While Discussing Kentucky Farm Policy

Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes traded familiar barbs Wednesday while discussing agricultural issues at the Kentucky Farm Bureau headquarters in Louisville.

The 90-minute forum offered voters one of the few opportunities to contrast the two candidates in person, and covered a wide range of topics from the farm bill, immigration reform, and Affordable Care Act.

McConnell, 72, used the forum to showcase his role in tobacco settlements, Kentucky’s hemp pilot project and his overall clout in Washington.

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Politics
12:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

3 Things to Watch For Today at Kentucky Farm Bureau's Grimes-McConnell Forum

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

 Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes will share a stage this afternoon at the Kentucky Farm Bureau forum.

It is their first joint appearance since the Fancy Farm picnic, and the setting is expected to be a far more calm and controlled.  The farm bureau plans to live-stream the forum.

Still many political observers expect some fireworks. Here’s what could come up ahead of the highly anticipated forum.

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Politics
4:10 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Council Members Launch Investigative Panel Into Louisville Animal Services

The LMAS Animal House Adoption Center on Newburg Road.
Credit Metro Louisville

A bipartisan duo of Louisville Metro Council members announced Tuesday the creation of an ad hoc committee tasked with investigating a series of allegations about the city's animal services department.

Republican Kelly Downard and Democrat Cindi Fowler will co-chair the panel, which will conduct an eight-week probe of the department based on accusations published last month in TheVilleVoice.com.

"We believe that's it important in our job to provide oversight for the administration and that's why we're doing it," said Downard.

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